Daily Reflection for Wednesday, July 07, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 41: 55-57; 42: 5-7a, 17-24a
Responsorial: Psalm 33: 2-3. 10-11, 18-19
Gospel: Matthew 10:1-7
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.” Psalm 33: 2-3, 10-11, 18-19
Although today we see Joseph in a position of strength and power, that is not where his story began. Joseph was the second youngest of his brothers and most favored by his father. However, he was so despised by his jealous brothers that they sold him and allowed him to be carried off to a foreign land. How frightened Joseph must have been! Eventually he was recognized by the Pharoah for his skills in interpreting dreams. While he waited, I imagine that Joseph prayed this Psalm, asking for God’s mercy and placing his trust in God.
I am currently accompanying someone going through a tough time. The end is unknown which makes the whole process frightening. The middle of her story is where trusting in God becomes difficult but paramount. Answers do not seem to come and waiting ensues. Although Joseph faced a horrible and frightening situation when sold off to slavery by his brothers, God opened a door for something good to happen that was far beyond what anybody could initially have imagined. Joseph grew into a place of power and his brothers recognized their sin and repented.
In unsettling situations, several strategies come to mind that help me wait. First, I simply sign myself with the cross, which calls upon the Trinity for help and chases away the devil. I also read the Bible which allows me to come across words or phrases like those found in the Psalm today to bring guidance and reflection. Second, I stop myself in the tracks of those low moments by asking, “God what do you call me to do at this moment?” God’s grace through the Holy Spirit always comes and the gifts and fruits of the spirit are received. Lastly, I stay persistent in talking to God and asking for help because there is not often a quick fix or answer to any given situation and the devil likes to take advantage of that. Persisting in prayer/conversation with God allows me to wait, like Joseph waited, trusting God.
Brothers and sisters, as we wait together in prayer, let us place our trust in God!
Blessings for the journey!